By NBF News

OLUSOLA Obadimu has joined the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce on November 1, 2010 as Director-General in furtherance of the chamber's recent repositioning initiatives.

Prior to this appointment, Obadimu served the Nigeria-South African Chamber of Commerce for 10 years, beginning from October 2000 as the founding Executive Secretary where he contributed immensely to the growth of Nigeria-South Africa bilateral relations and participated actively at the Nigeria-South Africa Binational Commission (BNC) sessions instituted by the respective governments at various committee levels. He also pioneered the set-up of the secretariat's infrastructure and the build-up of human and material resources, eventually building up Chamber membership to 290 from scratch and leaving behind cash reserves of about N45 million. Before then, he was Acting Director-General at Institute of Directors, Nigeria (IoD).

A recognised trade/professional membership institutions professional with a proven track record, he is widely acknowledged accordingly within the Nigerian private/public sector circles.

Obadimu served as a part-time Investment Promotion and Business Development Consultant for the UNDP/Columbia University's Millennium City Initiatives (MCI) project geared towards attracting foreign direct investments to Africa, which culminated in presentations at the Millennium City Day at KPMG House in London in December 2008.

A product of Abeokuta Grammar School, Obadimu (47) holds a first degree in Chemical Engineering (1985), an MBA (1995) and an M.Sc. Economics (1998), all from the University of Lagos. He also served as an alternate member on the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC)'s Committee on Corporate Governance of Public Companies in Nigeria between June-September 2000, the report of which was eventually published in 2003.

Obadimu is a regular public opinion contributor in several Nigerian publications and he has made several management/trade development presentations at seminars and other fora. He has attended many capacity building programmes both within and outside Nigeria, especially International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) developmental programmes. In 2008, he was a specially invited overseas delegate by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) at their yearly convention in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA.

Obadimu is a member of the Institute of Directors, Nigeria as well as other professional bodies. He is also a member of Ikoyi Club 1938. He is married with children.